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GAME RESEARCH & IMMERSIVE DESIGN (GRID)

Rick Anderson
Rick Anderson | Director, Virtual Worlds

Rick Anderson is Director of Virtual Worlds for Rutgers University and directs Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) group. He is a co-founder and trustee of Fubar (Fair Use Building and Research) Labs a community fab lab that was New Jersey's first Hackerspace. From that experience, he became a co-founder of the Rutgers Makerspace project where GRID use the design elements from VR/AR projects and creates physical interfaces using CNC, laser cutting, 3D printing, and electronics. Those experiences to Rick co-authoring Pro Arduino published by Apress.

He is a sponsor of the Rutgers Power Racing team, which organized their first build event at Fubar Labs. He's currently creating the AI Maker Series for Middle and Highschool teachers. All this, to create an extended reality (XR) experience and learning environment for Rutgers University.

As Director of Virtual Worlds he has grown the Rutgers University Virtual World from a single region in Second Life to 24 areas in Open Sim, and eight regions of Second Life. These environments have been showcased as part of Rutgers Day, where over 50,000 people attend, and at least 5,000 people get to ring the Old Queens Virtual Bell. Since 2005, he has taught the School of Communication and Information (SCI) program’s Advanced Web Design course and sponsored the ITI Capstone project where students create a thing and make a company.

rianders@docs.rutgers.edu

 
Yuri Alegria
Yuri Alegria | Senior Application Developer
Yuri is a senior application developer at Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT). He is responsible for the development and maintenance of onsite applications and integration with University Learning Management Systems. He also brings his knowledge in project management, web development and systems administration for over 10 years before joining the Division of Continuing Studies in 2014. Yuri has a Master’s degree in Computer Science and has a huge love for soccer.

yalegria@docs.rutgers.edu

 
Kenny Chen
Kenny Chen | Game & Graphic Designer
Kenny Chen holds the position of Instructional Support Specialist for Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT), where he has conducted more than 300 individual video conferences for distance learning classes, and other events. His role has since expanded to include working as a Web Designer and Developer, which has allowed him to apply his skills to the Content Management Systems that are used all across the division’s websites.

kchen@docs.rutgers.edu

 
Sagarika Rana
Sagarika Rana | Senior Project Coordinator

Sagarika is currently a senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Environmental Policy. She conducts quality assurance audits and support for Game Research & Immersive Design (GRID)

srana@docs.rutgers.edu